21 Nov 2017

ARTiculation Discovery Day

Six students from L5 and U5 (Y10 and Y11) spent a day at Chatsworth House as guests of the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire.

Once again we had a very intense day of hard work and special moments in the Theatre at Chatsworth House which is not ordinarily open to the public.

This ARTiculation Discovery Day is designed to give students a very unusual opportunity to be stimulated and inspired in their thinking and language skills, by inviting attendees into a creatively charged environment in one of Europe’s most important treasure houses.

After welcome speeches and a talk about what it is to be a curator we had an ice breaker exercise followed by a tour of the House in the company of a very knowledgeable guide.  She introduced the students to the artefacts that they would be working with and presenting on.  We also got a sneak preview of the Christmas decorations which were amazing and themed around Charles Dickens.

Students were then split into their groups and they began researching their artefact.  These included the Emperor Fountain, which some of them were allowed to turn on, a portrait of Georgiana, portraits of Bess of Hardwick and Ceramic Tulip Vases.  They had the chance to interview the Duke in his Library (not open to the public) and were taken through their paces by the Duchess as they tried out their presentations on her.  After a working lunch they then presented to Dr Abigail Harrison Moore, Head of School and Professor of Art History and Museum Studies at Leeds University, and the Duke of Devonshire.

Constructive comments were made and all of the students were given a free pass to return to Chatsworth with their families to show them what they had been up to during this intense day.

They all agreed that this experience was very special and that they had learnt a great deal.  I look forward to them attempting the ARTiculation National Competiton when they reach the Sixth Form.

21st November 2017